Triumphant in ODIs, India women eye dominance in T20s
Potchefstroom: The ODI series triumph was offset slightly by a loss in the closing match but that would hardly dent the Indian women's cricket team's confidence as it heads into a five-game Twenty20 rubber against South Africa, starting in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
After commanding victories in the first two ODIs, Indian women lost by seven wickets in the third ODI here last Friday. The loss, however, hardly made any difference as the Indians had pocketed the three-ODI series by then.
The defeat definitely came as a jolt but Indian women would look to shrug off the disappointment and make a winning start to their T20 campaign in Potchefstroom.
The visitors were at their dominating best in the first two ODIs, recording huge 88 and 178-run wins before slumping to the loss. While the Mithali Raj led side in the ODI series, the T20s will witness a new captain in the explosive Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet will be assisted by in-form batswoman Smriti Mandhana. India would also be bolstered by the inclusion of T20 specialist Anuja Patil and debutant all-rounder Radha Yadav and wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parveen in the squad.